William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Current Exhibits

Plastic Oceans

Plastic Oceans: A Sad Reality

A mini exhibition curated by students, Plastic Oceans: A Sad Reality will be on display in the William Rolland Gallery alcove.… Read More

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Shenanigans: Senior Art Exhibit 2017

This eclectic group of seniors at California Lutheran University has curated an exhibition that challenges the mind, reflects reality, and inspires imagination. … Read More


Upcoming Exhibits

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Decorative Art: Works from the William Rolland Collection

On view June 1–August 3, 2017 The 19th century gave rise to an increased appreciation and accessibility of decorative arts for American and European consumers. With mass-production of decorative accessories in bronze… Read More


Past Exhibits

Material Culture
On view August 26–October 29, 2016 Artist’s Reception: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 | 6 p.m. Cloth and clothing play an integral role in our cultural interpretation of the world around us. Physiologically, we use clothing to shield our bodies from the elements and warm us during sleep. Historically and in contemporary culture, clothing has been used to identify gender, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, or even sexual preference. In some instances, particular garments have been illegal; in others, the lack of those signifiers is outlawed. Featuring work in a wide range of media, this exhibition highlights artists who work with cloth, with particular interest in issues that relate to women and minorities.  Artists featured include Boushra Almutawakel, Katherine Cambareri, Teresita de la Torre, Lalla Essaydi, Kyla Hansen, Laura Kina, Ofelia Marquez, Liz Nurenberg, Melanie Pullen, Mandy Cano Villalobos, and Brankica Zilović Chauvain. Learn about specific pieces in the exhibit by clicking the links above. The exhibition and all public programming relating to the exhibit are free and open to the public. Special thanks to our loan partner artéfact project space, Marais, Paris. Selected press: “Exhibit aims to start tough conversations” Ventura County Star, Alicia Doyle, Oct. 13, 2016 “ON EXHIBIT: Material Culture at CLU’s ...

Historical Military Reductions
On view: August 26–Oct. 29, 2016 Famous battles and war heroes have been celebrated in monumental sculpture for millennia. They are featured in equestrian depictions during combat, contemplative before entering a campaign, or in the heroic moments before they are slain. Over many generations, skilled artists have created reductions, or small reproductions of giant sculptures, sometimes allowing us to remember works that were lost to history. In this way, legendary works from antiquity and after are still understood from the smaller works that recall them. With sculptures exclusively from the William Rolland Collection, this small exhibition features bronze reductions of acclaimed military sculptures, from antiquity to the Renaissance and the French Revolutionary Wars. Image: 19th-century Reduction of Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni in Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, after Andrea del Verrocchio (Italian, 1435-1488), bronze, 19 x 16 x 8 inches. Courtesy of Richard Gardner Antiques, England. Gift of the William Rolland Collection, 2016.

The Nature of Jungles
On view November 10, 2016–January 19, 2017 Opening Reception Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 | 6 p.m. Artists such as Rousseau and Gauguin brought to life images of enticing beaches and lush jungles, the likes of which had never been seen by most European viewers. The subject was popularized, and remains today a symbol of the exotic and untouched by man. With mounting explorations and diminishing land through agriculture, a question is begged of how much longer the jungle can exist as the uncharted, the romantic. This exhibit compares contemporary perspectives on jungles and forests from around the world and the exoticism and mysticism related to densely populated areas–from the traditional flora and fauna in humid climates to concrete jungles in equivalent urban environments. Artists featured include Linda Chapman, Woojin Choi, Skylar Hughes, Ryuma Imai, Zachari Logan, Hiroshi Mori, Aaron Morse, Astrid Preston, and Elizabeth Wrightman. A special thanks to our loan partners ACME. Los Angeles, Craig Krull Gallery, Gallery CLU, Gallery Fukuda, Niigata, Japan, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, Shima Entertainment & Art (S.E.A.), and Western Project. This exhibit was made possible by the generous contributions of the Dibble Revocable Living Trust. Image: Aaron Morse, Island X (#2, Homage to Rousseau), acrylic and ...

In the Company of Animals: 19th-century British Country Life
On view: November 10, 2016–January 19, 2017 Featuring works from the William Rolland Collection, this exhibit brings together British artists working in the mid-to-late-19th century on landscapes and scenes that highlight the period’s dependence on animals–for labor, comfort, food, and friendship. Featuring works in watercolor and oil, artists represented include Robert Cleminson (1844-1903), Albert Milton Drinkwater (1862–1917), Nathaniel Neal Solly (1811-1895), and Thomas Noel Smith (1840-1900). Image: Thomas Noel Smith (British, 1840-1900), Alham, Somerset, watercolor on paper, 14 x 21 inches. Courtesy of the William Rolland Collection.

The Apathy Effect Exhibit: Igniting Empathy to End Exploitation
On view January 27, 28 and 30, 2017, with special gallery hours: 1/27, Friday: 10 am-7 pm 1/28, Saturday: 8 am-3 pm 1/30, Monday: 10 am-7 pm The Apathy Effect Exhibit immerses you in stories of resilient young survivors of human tracking from around the world. Experience the response of everyday people who were ignited with empathy when confronted by exploitation and the apathy that fuels it. The exhibit and empowerment program is geared to ignite empathy and educate and empower participants with a response to issues of exploitation. The multimedia journey is told through original film, photography, and artifacts with self-guided or interactive tours adding to the experience. In contrast to the sobering reality of human trafficking, many images inspire hope. Visitors learn about exploitation and how to help combat it. This exhibit is free and open to the public, but guided tours require a timed-ticket. Tickets are free of charge and can be scheduled here: http://donate.iempathize.org/lutheran. This exhibit was produced by iEmpathize, and made possible the Rotary District 5240 2017 STEPS Conference (Steps to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably) and Cal Lutheran’s Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice. More information about the exhibit can be found on the iEmpathize website: http://iempathize.org/experience/apathyeffect/ View ...

Et in Arcadia Ego
On view February 3-April 6, 2017 Opening Reception Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 | 6-8 p.m. Inspired by the 17th century Nicolas Poussin painting of the same name, Et in Arcadia Ego is translated to mean: “Even in Arcadia, there am I,” alluding to the inevitable impermanence of the ideal. The exhibition will explore the timeless myth of Arcadia as it has been represented by artists and writers, employing concepts such as: the sublime, the paradox of living, beauty and longing, paradise lost, and the golden hour. Et in Arcadia Ego explores these themes as they are reinterpreted and reinvented through the eyes of contemporary artists. Artists featured in the exhibition work consistently with these Arcadian themes in figurative and landscape painting, exploring what it means to be human in the temporal world while standing on the precipice to the next. Artists include: Agostino Arrivabene, Sandow Birk, Seamus Conley, Julie Heffernan, Kim Keever, Maria Kreyn, Brad Kunkle, Holly Lane, David Ligare, David Molesky, Odd Nerdrum, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Stephanie Peek, Nicolas Poussin, Astrid Preston, Aron Wiesenfeld, Robin F. Williams, and Jason Yarmosky. This exhibition was curated by David Molesky, Lisa Coscino, and Marianne McGrath and organized in conjunction with the New Museum ...

Christof Mascher: five leaves left
On view February 3-April 6, 2017 The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art is proud to present an exhibition of twelve recent watercolor works on paper by Christof Mascher in the gallery alcove. Saturated in brilliant colors and vivid scenes, these small “gem” works are imaginative and thrilling. Many of these works have traveled through London, Cologne, and Chicago before coming to Ventura County. Christof Mascher (b. 1979, Hannover) lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany. He studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HBK), Braunschweig, under Professor Walter Dahn, and has been the subject of multiple solo gallery exhibitions in Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Zurich, Rotterdam, Cologne and London, and monographic museum exhibitions at the Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany (2008) and Kunsthalle Emden, Germany (2011). He is represented by Josh Lilley, London, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Galerie Philipp von Rosen, Cologne, and Hopstreet, Brussels. Words from the artist: “I remember the moment I discovered working on paper. I had been always drawing on board or canvas; I didn’t like it when the paper became rippled after watering it. It would have been a basic lesson to learn those things in art school but those days, with the 1990s still present, were about installation, ...

The Faces of Millennial Angst
On View: April 21-May 14, 2016 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 5-7 p.m. The Faces of Millennial Angst is an exhibition that seeks to represent the diverse student body of California Lutheran University. The collection features eleven color photo collages, with each comprised of four faces. As a symbol of the university’s commitment to diversity, the collages will visually unite multiple students as one, while striving to display the varying angst each experiences in their day-to-day lives. The repetition of students and disharmony of placement of each facial section is intended to amplify the sensations of uneasiness experienced. The vivid colors and clarity of the photographs harmoniously clash with the faces and stories of their peers amidst the seemingly peaceful context of suburban Thousand Oaks. Never judge a book by its cover: that is the intention behind the artworks presented. Each individual has their own story, their own struggle that is visible only when physicality is paired with the emotional transparency of California Lutheran University’s students. In The Faces of Millennial Angst, the manifestation of deep-rooted emotion and experience comes to light as images are captured of those who are willing to share the stories others cower from. Provided with ...

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